Competition of Nature boasts ‘unique entry’ to Charlotte County sights –


Nature NB is gearing up for its annual Competition of Nature subsequent month, anticipating file numbers for an array of out of doors adventures and workshops.

This yr, the pageant is being held in Saint Andrews from June 7 to June 9.

“For birders particularly, Charlotte County is basically wonderful,” govt director Vanessa Roy-McDougall stated.

“There’s so many issues to see. We’re getting plenty of pleasure and lots of people coming.”

Competition occasions embody a behind-the-scenes tour of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, residence of Snorkel the Seal. (Huntsman Marine Science Centre) 

Greater than 250 individuals have already registered, and lots of the 50 excursions and workshops are already full. 

Apart from birding, there can be beekeeping, botany, seaside exploration, kayaking and visits to Machias Seal Island, the Huntsman Marine Science Centre and Kingsbrae Gardens, to call few.

“What we love to do is spotlight what’s distinctive concerning the space,” Roy-McDougall stated.

A beekeeping demonstration in the course of the 2016 Competition of Nature in Restigouche County. There are just a few beekeeping occasions this yr, together with an introductory workshop by James Whitehead. (Ray Riddell)

A number of the subject guides embody veteran New Brunswick birder Jim Wilson, federal fisheries scientists from the Huntsman centre, provincial veterinarian Jim Goltz, native outfitters, and Sakom Akagi of the Passamaquoddy First Nation.

“It is meant to simply be a very enjoyable weekend to get exterior and discover a brand new a part of the province.

Roy-McDougall stated she went to her first Competition of Nature at the least a dozen years in the past and did not know a lot about birds on the time.

“They have been so nice about instructing us about chicken sounds and learn how to determine them and sharing their binoculars. … They simply need to share their ardour. They love nature they need to share it with others.”

Among the many pageant’s many birding occasions is a visit to the Caughey-Taylor Nature Protect with Dorothy Diamond. This shot was taken throughout final yr’s pageant in Bathurst. (Jillian Edwards)

This yr she is most trying ahead to the possibility to go to the Level Lepreau Hen Observatory.

The general public would not often have entry to the location, which is close to NB Energy’s nuclear producing station.

However the Saint John Naturalists Membership has been conducting a analysis undertaking there each spring for concerning the previous 30 years, to determine and depend migrating shorebirds.

“It is kind of unique entry. This can be a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for me and I am excited to go go to.”

Numerous native outfitters can be giving excursions within the Quoddy IBA, or essential birding space. (Christopher Bartlett)

Roy-McDougall stated she hopes the pageant encourages New Brunswickers to get out and discover what the pure environment have to supply.

“I imply, you’ll be able to go minutes and also you’re out in nature. So, actually it is about appreciating what now we have and studying extra about what sort of nature now we have.”

In the end, stated Roy-McDougall, Nature NB’s purpose is to carry extra individuals to the reason for defending nature, “so future generations can have festivals of nature for lots of of years.”

Individuals can join one journey, in the future or the entire weekend.

The place to begin is the W.C. O’Neill Area Advanced. 

Nature NB, which holds the pageant in a unique space annually, has a whole schedule on its web site.

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